Hey guys! It’s Mark Gangloff and I am back with another product review. Let me start this post by thanking everyone who gave feedback on my last post. Your comments, questions, and general interest have gotten me even more excited about continuing to share my own experience and thoughts with you about the products that I choose and love. I hope you will enjoy this review just as much!
This review will be a little bit different from the last one, as it is not about equipment that I use in the pool. Instead, it is an out-of-water, out-of-practice piece of equipment. Yet, it’s VITAL to my success. I have been swimming for the last 22 years and I have never had any major injuries. One of the most common questions that I am asked is, "How do you prevent injuries?" My answer is always, "I get regular massages." Most people think (and sometimes even say), "Oh he is an Olympian and is entitled to a fancy massage." I have to explain to them that while I do get a massage every two weeks, the majority of massages I do myself. I give myself some sort of massage at least every other day – if not every day.
While this review is not intended to be a teaching session, I must say this: DO NOT WALK OFF DECK WITH TIGHT MUSCLES. IT MAKES TOMORROW MUCH HARDER. While stretching does help, I find a combination of stretching and massage is what really allows me to maintain high levels of performance day in and day out.
During this review, I am going to be speaking specifically about three of the products that SwimOutlet carries:
There are 18 different foam rollers and massagers on Swimoutlet.com, but many of them are variations of the same product. So I will review these three categories and will do my best to make suggestions about the other products along the way. I will start this review with the most general type of massager and move onto massagers great for specific uses.
First and foremost: Why use a self-massager? The main reason for using a self-massager is for myofacial release, which is a fancy way of saying “relaxing tight muscles.” The other, less obvious reason to use a self-massager is to warm up before a workout. In fact, I use one kind of massager for warming up and another for muscle relaxation. I’ll explain my reasoning throughout the review.
Here we go…
Here at the SwimOutlet.com headquarters in San Jose, CA, we got a conference room makeover with an Olympic swimming themed mural painted by artist Morgan Bricca. She based the mural off a real image from the 2012 London Olympics to capture the essence of Olympic swimming. Watch the video to see the mural come to life.
More information about Murals by Morgan can be found at her website.
We made a list and checked it twice. With the end of the year upon us, we thought we’d look back on some of the best viral videos from 2012. Enjoy some laughs and Happy New Year from SwimOutlet.com
#10 - Elon Swim Club goes Gangnam Style
It’s the biggest video phenomenon of all time, here’s the swimming version!
#9 - Tony Azevedo's Lamborghini Trick Shot Video
See U.S.A. Water Polo star Tony Azevedo pull off quite an unbelievable trick shot during a kids clinic in California.
#8 - Breaking the Ice
A man cannonballs into a frozen pool. Watch it and wince!
#7 - Matt Grevers' On Deck Proposal
How about this for catching your girlfriend by surprise! Great work from Olympic champion Matt Grevers.
#6 - The Meaning of Jeah!
Ryan Lochte takes us through the various interpretations and meanings of his own addition to Webster’s Dictionary: “JEAH”
NovCheck out the workout that’s been written up nation-wide by Men’s Fitness, USA Today... and even WebMD!Eleven-time Olympic medalist and our favorite grill-wearing swimmer, Ryan Lochte, is legendary for his tough and fanatical dry land work-outs. Now you, too, can follow along with the same training regimen that helped Lochte win multiple golds at the 2012 London Games.Ryan Lochte’s Hard-CORE workout focuses on strengthening the core, an important part of a swimmer's body. Sculpt the core of your physique and allow the rest of your body to follow.You can do the workouts in the comfort and privacy of your own home -- with no need to buy weights.It’s the perfect stocking-stuffer for winter training or to prepare for the upcoming summer season. Competitive or recreational swimmers and fitness buffs alike will all enjoy Ryan Lochte’s Hard-CORE training video, helping them achieve their desired physique and “abs of steel.”Purchase here: http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/46758.htm
Another Gold Medal Delivery strikes again, this time in the water polo community! SwimOutlet.com and Tony Azevedo – four-time Olympic water polo player – partnered up to make a surprise delivery of free SwimOutlet.com gear to water polo players... in a Lamborghini!
The delivery took place in Thousand Oaks, CA during a regularly scheduled practice. Tony also got into water, did some drills with the kids, and gave an inspirational speech.
Check out the newly published Gold Medal Delivery with Tony Azevedo here::
Under the "Gold Medal Delivery" initiative, SwimOutlet.com is giving teams across the nation a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with an Olympian and receive free product, courtesy of SwimOutlet.com. These deliveries are documented on video and available to view on SwimOutlet.com. The goal of these surprise deliveries are to show the human side of Olympians and inspire impressionable young swimmers in a positive way.
Where should SwimOutlet.com make its next Gold Medal Delivery?! If you would like to suggest a swim or water polo team, please submit their details here.
Q&A with Tony Azevedo - Ask your question here!
Need any water polo tips? Have a question for Tony? For the next few weeks, Tony Azevedo will be answering fan questions here. Just submit your question in the comments section below.
From April to June, we held our Omaha Video Contest. The videos were aimed at promoting a positive message about the sport of swimming. It was a success! Contestants were asked to submit a video responding to the question: "How has swimming inspired you?" The grand prize winner received an all-expenses paid trip to Omaha for Swim Trials (a $6,000 value including flight, hotel, 2 tickets to the meets, and $150 spending cash per day)! We received a lot of video entries. Our judges had a tough decision to make, but finally came to a verdict. Continue Reading...